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Denver Broncos cutdown analysis

September, 3, 2011
Check here for a complete list of the Denver Broncos' roster moves.

Surprise move: The cuts of defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon and safety Kyle McCarthy were unexpected. Jarmon was brought in through a trade from Washington for Jabar Gaffney. He was expected to be part of Denver’s defensive-line rotation. McCarthy was working with the first-team defense for parts of camp. But in the end, 2010 draft picks David Bruton and Darcel McBath were kept over McCarthy.

No-brainers: There was talk that Derrick Harvey could be cut. But the team needs to keep him, especially with Jarmon out. The former No. 8 overall pick from Jacksonville is needed on Denver’s tenuous line. While he probably will never live up to his lofty draft position, Harvey is solid against the run and could help Denver. Also, I’m not shocked that Denver kept only rookie tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green behind starter Daniel Fells. They cut Dante Rosario and Dan Gronkowski. The Broncos really like their three tight ends.

What's next: The Broncos have the No. 2 waiver priority. Expect them to use it often. Denver probably will look at defensive linemen, cornerbacks, offensive linemen and running backs on the waiver wire. The Colts cut defensive tackle Tommie Harris. DT is Denver’s greatest need, but the Broncos might be reluctant to pursue a player who has been cut by the Bears and Colts this year. Recently cut defensive linemen Jacob Ford (Tennessee) and Marcus Harrison (Chicago) could be appealing to Denver.

Camp Confidential: Denver Broncos

August, 17, 2011
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For a franchise that was accused of turning stale a few years ago, the Denver Broncos have become pros at taking fresh approaches.

For the second time in three training camps, Denver has a new head coach. John Fox takes over after the disastrous 23-month Josh McDaniels regime. From 1995 to 2008, the Broncos were the picture of coaching constancy. It was the Mike Shanahan show. Everyone knew it.

But the Broncos have been in flux and have gone from one of the better-run organizations in the NFL to a team that is grasping for an identity. Denver hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2005 season. It hasn’t had a winning record since 2006.

In comes Fox, who is experiencing a rebirth himself after spending the past nine seasons in Carolina. Fox’s biggest task in Denver is to restore normalcy after the rocky McDaniels era and rebuild a winner.

“There has been instability here, good, bad or indifferent, that’s just the way it has been,” said Fox, whose team will be on its sixth defensive coordinator (former New Orleans secondary coach Dennis Allen) in six seasons.

“We have to build our program here. But I think it can be done. There are good pieces here.”

Many Denver players have raved about Fox. They appreciate his professionalism, his structure and his attention to detail. They believe there is a plan in place, and they trust Fox’s experience. The players also seem to appreciate the fact that Fox is simply in Denver to coach. The front office is run by legendary Denver quarterback John Elway and general manager Brian Xanders. Both Shanahan and McDaniels made personnel decisions.

“I get a great feel for Coach Fox,” star cornerback Champ Bailey said. “He’s one of the better coaches I’ve been around ... I like it that he is focused on coaching us on the field. That’s where he wants to be.”


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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireRookie Von Miller will need to play well right away if Denver's defense is going to improve this season.
1. Fix the defense. While the Tim Tebow-Kyle Orton competition has garnered much attention, the real key issue in Denver’s camp has been the defense. This unit was ranked No. 32 in the NFL last season and was generally awful in every major statistical category. Fox and his defensive staff have taken a hands-on approach to improve this group, which is a mix of veterans and youngsters.

If the reconstructed defensive front plays well and rookie linebacker Von Miller makes an instant impact, this group has a chance to improve quickly. It seems to be working early. Denver’s defense has been capable in camp and it looked solid against Dallas in the preseason opener Thursday. Injuries to defensive tackles Ty Warren (who signed to a two-year, $8 million deal) and Marcus Thomas create more uncertainty at a key spot for Denver. It needs to get help there by Kevin Vickerson, Brodrick Bunkley, Jeremy Jarmon and Derrick Harvey in the rest of the preseason. Warren could be out for a long period and Thomas will miss the rest of the preseason.

2. Clarity at quarterback: The Broncos’ camp has been about getting the first-team ready to go with Orton. There is no question Orton is the starter now. If the team struggles, Tebow could enter the picture, but players love playing with Orton and the team thinks he currently gives them the best chance to win now.

Of course, the lack of clarity was team-induced. It spent the immediate days after the lockout trying to trade Orton to Miami. After that fell through, Orton took control of the offense quickly and has given Denver no choice but to make him the starter, TebowMania be dammed.

3. Establish a ground game: Although Fox is a defensive-minded coach, he has a strict philosophy on offense. He believes in stuffing the ball down an opponent’s throat and killing the clock. Denver struggled to run the ball under McDaniels, and Fox said adding a veteran tailback was paramount.

The Broncos jumped on Willis McGahee when he was cut by the Ravens. Expect McGahee and third-year player Knowshon Moreno to combine for plenty of carries. They have worked well in camp, and they combined for 40 yards on six carries in the preseason opener at Dallas. This camp has been spent getting these two involved in the offense as much as possible.


The Broncos are raving about the play of Elvis Dumervil. After leading the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009 and getting a contract worthy of that performance, Dumervil tore a pectoral muscle in early August last year and missed the entire 2010 season.

There was concern that his rust and a move back to the 4-3 under Fox could hamper the smallish Dumervil. He flourished in McDaniels’ 3-4 system after being a solid player in Shanahan’s 4-3 defense. Dumervil beefed up to more than 260 pounds, and he‘s been impressive under Fox.

The Broncos expect Dumervil and Miller to become one of the better pass-rush tandems in the league.


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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesThe Broncos will also be looking to rookie Rahim Moore to shore up Denver's secondary.
One of the most exciting aspects of this camp for Denver has been the play of its rookies. The Broncos thought they drafted well in April, and after three weeks, they are thrilled with what they see.

“I think we had an excellent draft,” Fox said.

Added Dumervil: “This is the best group of rookies I’ve seen here in awhile.”

Leading the way is Miller, who was the No. 2 overall draft pick. The Texas A&M product has been as advertised. Teammates rave about his speed, explosiveness and his ability to make plays. They expect instant success.

Second-round pick Rahim Moore is vying for a starting spot with Kyle McCarthy at safety and has shown he is ready for NFL play. Right tackle Orlando Franklin, middle linebacker Nate Irving, tight end Julius Thomas and safety Quentin Carter are all expected to be major contributors. This is exactly what this 4-12 team needed -- a solid group of youngsters to build around after a couple of shaky years of drafting by McDaniels.


  • Safety Brian Dawkins may be turning 38 this year, but the Broncos are still getting a lot out of him. He works well with Fox’s staff, and his leadership has been uncanny during camp.
  • Defensive end Robert Ayers has been getting chances to break out in camp, but he has been slow to show progress. He was the No. 18 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
  • Receiver Brandon Lloyd has been slowed by swelling in his knee. Still, the team expects him to contribute. Lloyd had a breakout season in 2010 -- 77 catches for 1,448 yards.
  • The second-round draft class of 2009 has been a bust. Tight end Richard Quinn is hurt and could be the odd man out. Safety Darcel McBath has yet to develop, and cornerback Alphonso Smith (who Denver traded its 20101 first-round pick for) was shipped out to Detroit last year. This was supposed to be the nucleus of future success, and Denver hasn’t seen results.
  • The Broncos’ passing game struggled in red-zone and third-down situations. That has been a point of emphasis during this camp.
  • Veterans Joe Mays and Mario Haggan are competing to hold off Irving at middle linebacker.
  • Franklin has struggled in pass projection. Still, the team is committed to him.
  • Denver is excited about second-year receiver Eric Decker. Expect Decker to get a chance to contribute a lot.
  • The Broncos like what they have in new tight end Daniel Fells. He is solid as a receiver and as a blocker. He should help in both phases of the game.
  • Right cornerback Andre' Goodman has been steady, and the team is confident he can play well in 2011.
  • Second-year center J.D. Walton continues to improve, and he has shown strong leadership for a young player.
Heading into the NFL draft, defensive tackle was the Denver Broncos’ biggest question mark.

Now, four months later, it remains Denver’s biggest area of concern.

The Broncos’ situation at the vital position is again up in the air after top free-agent pickup Ty Warren suffered a partially torn triceps. Denver doesn’t know exactly how long he will be out or if he will need surgery. But he is expected to miss several weeks and could even miss the season. Denver signed the former New England standout to a two-year, $8 million deal this month.

He was supposed to bring stability and veteran leadership to Denver’s weakest area. He was hurt Monday. To make matters worse, Denver’s other starting defensive tackle, Marcus Thomas, suffered a pectoral injury Monday and he will be out for the rest of the preseason.

Newly acquired Brodrick Bunkley and holdover Kevin Vickerson will step in for the Broncos. They also have newcomers Derrick Harvey and Jeremy Jarmon. Expect Denver -- which didn’t address the position in the draft -- to scour the list of remaining free agents and scout the waiver wire in the next month in search of more help at defensive tackle.
The NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi dropped an interesting nugget via Twitter on Saturday.

He reported that the Washington Redskins (and Mike Shanahan) almost traded defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the Denver Broncos before dealing him to the New England Patriots.

It makes sense because Denver’s greatest need is at defensive tackle. Lombardi didn’t expand upon why the Redskins sent Haynesworth to New England rather than Denver. It could have been money issues for Denver.

I’m sure Haynesworth is pleased with the way it worked out. He will likely give it his all in New England because it is a winning program. He likely would have had difficulty getting motivated going to a rebuilding team, so Denver might have saved itself some headaches.

Haynesworth is the second big fish Denver almost traded for at the position this offseason. The Broncos considered trading up for a falling Nick Fairley during the draft, but it would have basically cost the Broncos their entire remaining draft selections, meaning the Broncos (who think they got five starters in the draft) would have only gotten linebacker Von Miller and Fairley in the draft.

The Broncos are talking to lower-level defensive tackles in free agency and will likely sign a couple. Jeremy Jarmon, acquired from the Redskins for receiver Jabar Gaffney, will also be in the mix.

Redskins trade for Jabar Gaffney

July, 27, 2011
The Washington Redskins have completed the first actual trade of the NFL offseason, and it's not the one you think. While the world awaits the completion of the Donovan McNabb deal with Minnesota, the Redskins and the Denver Broncos consummated and announced a trade that sends defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon to Denver and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney to Washington.

Good deal for Washington, I say. Jarmon was a bad fit as a defensive lineman in the 3-4 scheme. The Redskins just added Barry Cofield, who can probably play any position on their line. And as we all know, they've been a mess at receiver. They apparently agreed, because in the past 24 hours they have come to an agreement to re-sign Santana Moss, agreed with Donte' Stallworth on a one-year contract and now added Gaffney to a wideout stable that also includes Anthony Armstrong and 2011 draft picks Leonard Hankerson and Niles Paul.

I had thought the Redskins might sit out the receiver market and let Armstrong and the young guys develop. But they apparently decided that wasn't good enough and that they needed to get presumptive starting quarterback John Beck more help. They poked around on Santonio Holmes before he went back to the Jets Wednesday morning on a five-year deal, and some reports today have linked them to a possible pursuit of Braylon Edwards, whom the Jets likely can't afford now that they've spent so much on Holmes and seem to be driven to get Nnamdi Asomugha.

Edwards would still fit, as the Redskins could use someone of his size and big-play ability. Gaffney is more of a possession receiver who runs his routes and doesn't drop the ball. This is good, and they certainly have a use for someone like that. But they were clearly dissatisfied with what they had at the position, and it's not outrageous to think that they might keep working on it even as they continue to hunt for offensive and defensive line pieces.

INCIDENTALLY: On the McNabb deal with Minnesota, which will get its own post here once it's finalized, I think the Redskins have to be thrilled to have received anything in exchange for McNabb. One (and possibly two) sixth-round picks might not seem like much, but a week ago it appeared as though they were going to have to release him and get nothing.

Orton-Miami update

July, 27, 2011
It appears Kyle Orton might be taking his talents to South Beach.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Eagles are expected to trade Kevin Kolb to Arizona. The Broncos had been talking to the Cardinals and Dolphins about Orton. So, it seems the Orton-Dolphins trade talk will heat up. The Dolphins and Orton have reportedly begun contract talks.

That would mean the start of the Tim Tebow era in Denver. Tebow could have an interesting new mentor in Denver. Cleveland cut Jake Delhomme. He played for new Denver coach John Fox in Carolina and the two remain close. Delhomme could help Tebow immensely.

Meanwhile, the Broncos traded receiver Jabar Gaffney to Washington for backup defensive end Jeremy Jarmon. Gaffney was effective last season, but he was a favorite of former coach Josh McDaniels. The Broncos were ready to move away from him.

The Broncos are planning to bring in St. Louis right end Daniel Fells on Friday in an attempt to sign him.

I hear San Diego and inside linebacker Kevin Burnett are still discussing a deal and his return is not necessarily a slam dunk. Miami could emerge as a suitor.

In a slam dunk, former Oakland guard Robert Gallery is headed to Seattle. This was as predictable as Oakland taking Stefen Wisniewski in the second round of the draft. Gallery reunites with former Oakland head coach Tom Cable. The two are very close. Gallery announced earlier in the offseason he would not return. He was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2004 draft. He was not good as a tackle, but he developed into a solid guard under Cable.

The Big Question: Replacing Haynesworth

May, 18, 2010
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What would the Redskins’ defensive line look like without Albert Haynesworth?

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G. Newman Lowrance/Getty ImagesMaake Kemoeatu's bulk and power make him an ideal fit as a 3-4 nose tackle, but can he stay healthy?
Haynesworth doesn’t want to play in a 3-4 scheme, which is exactly what is being implemented in Washington as we speak. It still remains a real possibility that the Redskins will move their star defensive lineman. If that happens -- and no defensive players are received in the deal -- who will line up in the Redskins’ front three and what will be the impact of his departure?

There isn’t a more disruptive player in the league than Haynesworth when he is on his game and he is capable of doing more or less whatever he wants on a football field. If motivated, he could be a fantastic nose tackle, or better yet, a 3-4 end for Washington. But enough about his abilities. For the sake of this piece, Haynesworth is elsewhere.

At nose tackle, the Redskins were shrewd in signing Maake Kemoeatu. Health could be a concern, but he is custom-made to man the nose in this scheme with his bulk, power and run-stuffing abilities. Still, the fact that Kemoeatu missed all of 2009 with an Achilles tendon injury has to give you pause. I am not a doctor, but I am guessing that his extreme mass puts a lot of stress on a recovering Achilles and this injury surely hasn’t helped this massive human being’s conditioning in the meantime.

Kedric Golston is the other candidate for nose tackle. He is more of an upfield player than Kemoeatu, but he isn’t as massive or stout. These two should be solid in a rotation, but if Kemoeatu’s health becomes a major problem, I would worry about Golston’s ability to hold down the spot full time. He plays hard, though, and has starting experience. Still, you need more than that to excel at nose tackle in the NFL, even on a two-down basis.

With the current group of nose tackles, it is feasible that Haynesworth could be a disruptive end in this scheme, a la Richard Seymour. To me, that is the way to best utilize his skills, while also making him happier with the scheme change. Of course, he also could play nose tackle and on throwing downs would be a beast as an interior pass-rusher. But without him, the Redskins are very light at the end position.

Phillip Daniels looks pretty set as a starter. He is a bigger base end in the 4-3 whose abilities should translate well to the new scheme. And this switch should extend his career, but he is 37, so who knows how long he can contribute. If he can hold up, Daniels should be solid enough as a run stopper. But how many snaps can he play?

Two others whom I see potentially making an impact are Adam Carriker and Jeremy Jarmon. Both have ability. When they were running a 4-3, the Redskins used a third-round supplemental pick on Jarmon, but he probably would have been drafted higher than that in the typical draft format. But now he is playing in a 3-4, where his upfield abilities will not be utilized as much and he will be asked to anchor into the ground and stack and shed against bigger men. I am not writing him off for this detail -- he has the size to adapt, he is very young and improved as his rookie season went along -- but it is not what he was drafted to do.

In the 2007 draft, St. Louis used the 13th overall pick on Carriker to play in its 4-3 scheme. But he was miscast in that role and is clearly better suited to play end in an odd front. Injuries have been the big problem for Carriker and even when healthy, he has yet to show much in the NFL in any capacity. But I was extremely high on Carriker coming out of Nebraska as a 3-4 end prospect, so it wouldn’t shock me if he revitalized his career to some degree in Washington.

Recognizing the problem at defensive end, the Redskins signed Vonnie Holliday on Monday. Much like Daniels, he is a veteran without upside, but he does have the grit and experience needed to hold his own in the trenches. In fact, he played quite well for the Broncos last season and might still be the best pass-rusher of the current group of defensive ends in Washington. Still, keeping his snaps low would be wise at his age (34).

Trust me, I am not a believer in keeping unmotivated players who do not want to be with the team. And in the 3-4, you can often get by with tough, try-hard guys who do their job without a lot of fanfare. But if Haynesworth leaves town, the Redskins’ defensive line looks pretty atrocious to me.

Setting the Beast table for tonight

April, 23, 2010
My colleague Mike Sando of NFC West blogging fame has tapped into his immense database and delivered an updated draft order heading into tonight's festivities. The Redskins are the only team in the NFC East sitting out both the second and third rounds. Of course, they sent their No. 37 overall pick to the Eagles for Donovan McNabb. And they used their third-round pick in the '09 supplemental draft to select Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who's recovering from a knee injury he suffered in a game last November.

Matt Terl from the Redskins Blog had an excellent story on Jarmon earlier this week. Jarmon said he'd been projected as a first or second-round pick heading into his senior season at Kentucky, but an over-the-counter weight loss supplement he took cost him his final year. Despite the injury, I don't think the Redskins have a lot of regret over selecting Jarmon. He's hoping to become a versatile player for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

The Giants are the only team in the division with a third-round pick, which is highly unusual according to the Sando database. The NFC East has four second-round picks (two for the Eagles) and six fourth-round picks. From conversations I've had this morning, the Cowboys think there will be a lot of value in the fourth round, where they'll have two selections.

The Eagles will likely make their first selection at about 6:40 p.m. ET. I like South Florida safety Nate Allen at that pick.

Redskins place Cooley on IR

November, 30, 2009
Redskins coach Jim Zorn wanted to wait as long as possible to see if Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley could respond from a lower-leg injury, but on Monday the team finally placed him on injured reserve. Cooley had hoped to return for the final stretch of games, but team physicians say that he's not even ready to get out of a walking boot.

The Redskins also announced Monday that defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was being placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Linebacker Alvin Bowen and defensive end Rob Jackson were signed off the Skins' practice squad to fill the open roster spots.

Losing Cooley was a big setback for the Redskins, but it's also given them the opportunity to take a long look at former second-round draft pick Fred Davis. The former USC player is making the most of his opportunity.

"It would be great if we could be in there together, but you knew there was a chance he would [miss the remainder of the season] when you saw him get hurt," David told reporters Monday. "It's just up to all the guys to keep trying to pick up the slack for the rest of the year."

Davis broke through along the sideline for a 29-yard play against the Eagles and he's given quarterback Jason Campbell a consistent target. Davis and Cooley could end up being a pretty formidable duo in the league.

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Posted by's Matt Mosley


1. Tony Romo, Cowboys QB: He's gone from one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league to a guy who's desperately trying not to make a mistake. Surely there's a happy medium. Right now, it looks like he doesn't have much trust in his wide receivers. He's holding the ball too long because he's waiting for a wideout to come open. And it's not happening. This is not a bus-driver quarterback. If that's what offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is trying to create, he's headed down the wrong path. He has to get Romo out of the pocket and take advantage of his improvisational skills. The play Romo made to Sam Hurd on the 53-yard connection was classic Romo. The Cowboys need to see more of that guy. I realize the Broncos have a much-improved defense, but Romo is capable of making them pay. That rarely happened on Sunday.

2. Mario Manningham, Giants WR: I realize it's only one game, but Manningham was really bad against the Chiefs. The one ball he caught went for 43 yards but he even juggled that one. He had at least two drops that I remember -- one leading to an interception. He's had a lot of early success, but it looks like he needs to refocus at this point. He didn't help Eli Manning out much at all Sunday. Good thing the Giants didn't really need him.

3. Any receiver for the Skins not named Santana Moss: I thought Malcolm Kelly was ready to make a major contribution for the Skins. So far, he's been almost non-existent. The Redskins don't have a legit No. 2 wide receiver, and that takes away from what Santana Moss can do. Moss made a huge play Sunday, but it was one of only two catches. He can't get involved if teams are able to simply focus on him the entire game. Jason Campbell showed a lot of courage in the second half. He could be a more effective quarterback if he had better weapons.


1. Brandon Jacobs, Giants RB: Jacobs is one of the most punishing runners in the league, but he spent last week responding to Tony Siragusa's comments that he'd been "tip-toeing" too much this season. Jacobs responded by running over the Chiefs for 92 yards on 21 carries. They loaded up to stop the run early, but Jacobs eventually wore them down. Tiki Barber told me recently that he talked to Jacobs about not letting opponents have so many clean shots at him. There's certainly a fine line between punishing defenders and preserving your body for the rest of the season. On Sunday, Jacobs was once again a force. Despite all the numbers that Steve Smith's putting up right now, it's Jacobs who gives this offense its identity.

2. Bradie James and Keith Brooking, Cowboys LBs: They were superb against the Broncos for much of the day. Brooking made a huge play on fourth-and-1, stuffing Knowshon Moreno for no gain. It looked like the play that would lead the Cowboys to a win, but we all know what happened after that. Brooking and James combined for 17 tackles. They're fighting off blocks to make a lot of plays. James crushed Kyle Orton on a delayed blitz. Right now, Brooking and James are both playing at a Pro Bowl level.

3. Clinton Portis, Redskins RB: There were several solid performances by Redskins defenders (London Fletcher, Jeremy Jarmon), but I thought Portis' willingness to play through pain deserved special mention. He put up 98 yards against a Bucs defense that was loading up to stop him. It's not like he's wowing anyone with his yards per carry, but by toting the ball so many times, he kept the Redskins afloat long enough for Jason Campbell to make some plays in the second half. Without Portis on the field, the Redskins don't win that game Sunday. Any disagreements?

Wrap-up: Redskins 16, Bucs 13

October, 4, 2009

Posted by's Matt Mosley

We'll never know whether Jim Zorn could've survived a 1-3 record because it didn't turn out that way. After being booed off the field at halftime, the Redskins actually came out punching in the second half. I'm sure the crowd at FedEx Field would've been pleased had Zorn switched to Todd Collins for the second half, but that didn't happen either.

Campbell had three turnovers in the first half and a pathetic 18.1 passer rating. But no one panicked when the Skins trailed 10-0. Well, Zorn did admit to questioning his own game plan. He's sometimes too honest for his own good. It didn't matter that the Redskins barely beat the Bucs. They just desperately needed a win. Maybe if they showed up in desperation mode from the start, they wouldn't get caught up in these close games.

But the Redskins rode an incredibly gutty effort from Clinton Portis and a solid defensive performance to hold on for a win. Now, they have a legitimate chance to be 4-2 heading into the game against Philly late this month. At 2-2, the winless Panthers and Chiefs loom. Those are not locks by any stretch of the imagination, but they are certainly winnable games.

Zorn has to be pleased that rookies Brian Orakpo and Jeremy Jarmon made clutch plays for him Sunday. It's not like Zorn's job is now safe, but he at least put off the buzzards for another week. Zorn and Campbell are going to succeed or fail together.

On Sunday, Campbell rewarded Zorn for not giving up on him.



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